Author Archives: Christina Pommer

A Professional Reading List

In the board survey this spring, there was a request for more book recommendations on the blog. While it’s always fun to think about reading by the beach over the summer, it’s also when we might have more time to … Continue reading

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What do we mean by “information literacy anyway?

(Sidenote—our school has had no Internet for the past two days. This is exam week, aka the throes of “end of year” activities. It’s been fascinating to see the way that technology has snaked its way into so much of … Continue reading

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Hello LA!

Welcome to Los Angeles, and a huge thank you to the Committee for planning an organized conference with diverse programming! Even though I’ve only been involved in AISL for 4 years, every time I enter the hospitality suite at the … Continue reading

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Google Drive, redux

Way back in the fall of 2014 when Independent Ideas was a newborn blog, my first post was Why I’m Drinking the “Google Drive” Kool Aid  As I finish January “research season” with my freshmen and am full force into … Continue reading

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Goodbye Shelfari. Hello Goodreads.

Last weekend when I logged onto the computer, I saw my world crashing down. Hours of labor gone. The blackboard erased. Here’s what I saw. Goodbye, Shelfari and thanks for the last eight years. I’m the first to admit that … Continue reading

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Passive Collaboration…aka “a foot in the door”

Collaboration is a buzzword these days. I’m all for collaboration. How can you be against collaboration? However, you may be familiar with what I have taken to calling “passive collaboration.” Some of the blog posts over the past few months … Continue reading

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, ‘tis the season’ to reflect on the reasons I love my job. I get paid to continue to learn! The way I figure it, each year I’m smarter than the year before. At our school … Continue reading

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More “un-fancy” things…

Each year, our 8th graders spend a week in Boston and are required to complete a month-long research project studying a topic that relates in some way to the trip. Because the librarian before me was incredibly organized, I have … Continue reading

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“Unfiltered” Library Life – An Instagram slideshow

Back in 2008, like many librarians, I started a library blog. I had a million ideas for posts, and I still have half a million unfinished drafts in a queue waiting to be revised and published. Finding a long enough … Continue reading

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An Abundance of Resources at the Library of Congress

Down in the south we are already back into our first week of school, and it’s been exciting to return this year immediately (ie. 24 hours!) after a weeklong Institute at the Library of Congress on Teaching with Primary Sources. … Continue reading

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